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The Economist Style Guide: 9th Edition Hardcover – August 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomberg Press; 9th edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861979169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861979162
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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The Economist Style Guide is packed with good sense.”
The Observer

“All manner of excellent advice, steering effortlessly down the narrow path between purism and pedantry.”
Daily Express

"Think of this book as a doctor for writers. If you are responsible for writing anything for your business from a flyer to a 100-page report, from a two-minute sales pitch to an after-dinner speech, then I cannot recommend this book too highly."
—BetterBusiness

"Hone your written skills with the aid of this invaluable guide."
—Good Book Guide

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“Indispensable. The best guide of its type.”
Bill Bryson

"This is one of the most erudite, understated and witty companions to the journalist's trade that I know."
-Michael Williams, Independent on Sunday

"Entertaining and useful."
-Jeremy Lewis, The Author

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This style guide has been incredibly useful and informative.
Daniel
Writing and speaking are the most difficult skills to learn if you're a non-native speaker.
L. Nery
It could bring more examples of good and bad practices, though.
Railssa Peluti Alencar

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carlos J. Torres on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
More than grammar. This book helps with style and it also has reference information on abbreviations, calendars, countries, currencies, science, geology, internet, latin, proofreading, stockmarket, world times, etc. It has many interesting sections.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on May 14, 2007
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I speak English as a second language. This style guide has been incredibly useful and informative. I have improved my writing even in other languages thanks to this book. It even is pleasurable reading.

In the Guide's own style:

Buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Sedgwick on June 14, 2010
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For anyone wanting to be informed, amused and refreshed about the right way to use English, the ninth edition of The Economist Style Guide is invaluable. I'd always thought that "immolate" meant burn but it means "sacrifice" so a photograph of a monk on fire would correctly be termed self immolation but the term would equally apply if the photograph was of a monk who had died from a self inflicted gunshot wound. This and dozens of other little gems throughout the book make it eminently readable and a useful guide for anyone who communicates in print ot text. In particular, the distinctions and subtleties between American and British usage is a reminder of the flexibility of this wonderful language.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Nery on November 5, 2007
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Writing and speaking are the most difficult skills to learn if you're a non-native speaker. Even though most learners believe that speaking is more useful - and there is some vanity involved in it - it's actually writing that takes precedence in today's connected world. Most business communications today are done through email, and no one wants the recipient to have a laugh at their expense.

Grammar, punctuation and vocabulary are important, for sure, but once you have mastered those, why not spend a few more hours dedicated to polishing a bit your written English? With just 160 pages, you get tips that will make your writing look formal, but not stilted; correct, but not pretentious. You may even have a laugh or two with the entries.
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